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Is there a first mover advantage in science? Pioneering behavior and scientific production in nanotechnology

Mareva Sabatier () and Barthelemy Chollet ()
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Barthelemy Chollet: GEM - Grenoble Ecole de Management - Grenoble École de Management (GEM), IREGE - Institut de Recherche en Gestion et en Economie - USMB [Université de Savoie] [Université de Chambéry] - Université Savoie Mont Blanc

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Abstract: This article investigates whether pioneers in a research field have a sustainable first mover advantage in publications. Combining bibliometric (publications, citations, co-authorship) with survey data on 495 nanotechnology researchers, we analyzed career attributes, professional context and production overtime. Our econometric estimates highlight two main results. First, pioneering behavior is not exogenous: it is more probable among scientists who are already established in their " mother-discipline " (before entering nanotechnology), have a strong collaboration network, and have easy access to field-specific resources. Second, even after controlling for the endogeneity of entry timing, we find a strong first mover advantage: pioneers in the emerging field exhibit significantly higher scientific production in that field in the long run.

Keywords: first mover advantage; scientific production; pioneering behavior; nanotechnology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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Published in Research Policy, Elsevier, 2017, 46, pp.522 - 533. ⟨10.1016/j.respol.2017.01.003⟩

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